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New Massachusetts Parental Leave Law Extends Protections to Male Employees

January 13, 2015 03:59
by Katharine Crawford
With very little fanfare or media attention, Massachusetts Governor Patrick signed a bill into law the day before he left office that establishes parental leave in Massachusetts for both female and male employees. Effective April 7, 2015, the new law will replace the current Massachusetts Maternity Leave Act (MLA), which provides only female employees with eight weeks of job-protected maternity leave for the birth or adoption of a child. Extending parental leave to male employees will require si...

Massachusetts | Parental Leave Law

Oregon's Minimum Wage Now $2.00 Per Hour Higher Than Federal Rate

January 5, 2015 04:30
by Mitchell Baker
After a January 1st increase of 15 cents per hour, Oregon’s minimum wage now stands at $9.25 – exactly two dollars per hour more than the federal minimum wage rate of $7.25 per hour. That places Oregon near the top of the list of 29 states with minimum wage rates higher than the federal rate. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, only Washington and the District of Columbia have minimum wage rates higher than Oregon at $9.47 and $9.50 respectively. Oregon...

Minimum Wage | Oregon

Colorado's Minimum Wage Increased January 1

January 2, 2015 04:27
by Todd Fredrickson
The Colorado minimum wage increased by 23 cents to $8.23 per hour on January 1, 2015. Tipped employees are entitled to receive at least $5.21 per hour. These increases to Colorado’s minimum wage rates reflect the annual adjustment for inflation required by the Colorado Constitution. Learn more.

Minimum Wage | Colorado

Remember, The Massachusetts Minimum Wage Increased January 1, 2015

January 2, 2015 04:25
On January 1, 2015, the Massachusetts minimum wage increased from $8.00 to $9.00 per hour. This is the first of three annual minimum wage rate hikes that Massachusetts employers will face due to legislation signed into law last June. Learn more.

Minimum Wage | Massachusetts

New Jersey Minimum Wage Increases To $8.38 Per Hour

January 2, 2015 04:21
by Rosemary Gousman
Beginning January 1, 2015, the minimum wage in New Jersey is $8.38 per hour, up from $8.25 per hour. This pay hike is the result of the November 2013 voter-approved state constitutional amendment that requires that New Jersey’s minimum wage be adjusted annually to reflect any percentage increase of the consumer price index for all urban wage earners and clerical workers (CPI-W) for the prior year. Because the CPI-W increased by 1.59 percent from August 2013 to August 2014, the state...

Minimum Wage | Minimum Wage | New Jersey

Ohio's Minimum Wage Boosted 15 Cents On January 1

January 2, 2015 04:06
by Steven Loewengart  & Steven Nobil
Minimum wage workers in Ohio will see their hourly pay increase by 15 cents in 2015. Effective January 1st, the Ohio minimum wage rate increased from $7.95 to $8.10 per hour. The minimum wage rate for tipped employees is one-half that, or $4.05 per hour. The increased rates are due to the annual adjustment for inflation required by the Ohio Constitution. Learn more.

Minimum Wage | Ohio

Florida Minimum Wage Rising To $8.05

December 2, 2014 02:54
by Steven Bernstein  & David Buchsbaum
On January 1, 2015, the minimum wage for employees working in Florida rises to $8.05 per hour. This represents an hourly increase of $0.12 over the current Florida minimum wage. The increase is tied to the rate of inflation over the prior year. Also effective on January 1, 2015, “tipped employees” in Florida who otherwise meet eligibility requirements for the tip credit under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) must be paid a direct cash wage of at least $5.03 per hour. This ...

Minimum Wage | Florida

President Obama Announces Executive Action on Immigration

November 24, 2014 00:17
by Rick Grimaldi
President Obama has announced his plan for what he says is a partial fix of the U.S. immigration system. Through this Executive Action, more than four million undocumented individuals will get relief from deportation and will have the opportunity to apply for temporary work authorization under what is being called Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA), expand the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, strengthen border security measures, expand provisional wai...


Approved San Francisco Retail Workers Ordinance Means More Restrictions For Employers

November 21, 2014 07:42
by Juan Araneda
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has voted unanimously to approve a city ordinance, which will create a number of obstacles for many businesses – including retail stores, restaurants, and banks. The ordinance, referred to as the “Retail Workers Bill of Rights,” will severely limit employers’ flexibility and discretion in hiring and allocating work hours among employees. In addition, employers will be penalized if they fail to meet the burdensome and intricate requir...


Missouri Minimum Wage to Increase to $7.65 Per Hour Effective January 1, 2015

November 13, 2014 09:08
by Greg Ballew
On January 1, 2015, the Missouri minimum wage will increase from $7.50 to $7.65 per hour and from $3.75 to $3.825 per hour for tipped employees. Compensation for tipped employees must total at least $7.65 per hour when tips are calculated. The Missouri minimum wage law governs Missouri businesses except retail and service businesses whose annual gross sales are less than $500,000. Per Missouri law, the minimum wage rate is calculated once a year and may increase or decrease based on the cost of...

Minimum Wage | Missouri

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